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Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL - Which should you buy?

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Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL? Given the issues with the display and steep price on Google's larger 2017 flagship, this isn't the easy call we might all have thought going in. Which should you get? Unsurprisingly, it comes down to your priorities and budget. Want to sponsor the next Android Police video? Get in touch: videosponsor@androidpolice.com. ▶ Circle us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+AndroidPolice ▶ Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Subscribe to the RSS feed at http://www.androidpolice.com/feed Background Tracks by: DJ Grumble - http://bit.ly/2hShtN1 Joakim Karud - http://bit.ly/2jXbXWD
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Text Comments (295)
Jess Sandford (7 days ago)
WHY does the camera not have a square mode!?!?!?!? I NEED this for my business to post images to Etsy and Social media. This makes me so SAD!
Angelou Sia (15 days ago)
A google phone is not gonna impress you by just looking at it' but once you use them you will be blown away...
Diyon Fernando (17 days ago)
I can park my car on those bezels.
Mikael Refatllari (18 days ago)
Pixel 2 xl for sure Those waves in the screen of the pixel 2 are so annoying it will make you hate the phone
Felipe Fujimori (19 days ago)
Got the Pixel 2 XL and I'm in love with this phone.
Nikolai Harhai (22 days ago)
Bigger is always better 😉 Ordered a Pixel2 XL yesterday.
Claudia Bailey (24 days ago)
Correction a lot of people who spend time watching tech reviews and doing tech reviews are turned off by the bezels.
Filip (25 days ago)
Smaller pixel 2 or the note 8? While I really like the not 8 looks, I think I like the google interface more, and the constant updates?
Tomasz Serweta (26 days ago)
You should use light wallpapers for both.
Sblinger (27 days ago)
Pixel2 xl is way more sexier
thatonebooknerd (29 days ago)
I went from an iPhone 6s Plus to the smaller Google Pixel 2. Props to one handed devices that actually fit in my pocket!
R Evey (21 days ago)
thatonebooknerd does it seem smoother than the iPhone? I always hated our Samsung bloatWare phones at Work. Glad they switched to iPhones. But, I’m thinking about trying the pixel out for personal use. It just felt a little cheap in my hands compared to other phones.
Darrin (1 month ago)
Why do people jack themselves off over bezelless phones? Not a big deal
Dineshkumar Purohit (1 month ago)
I have smaller pixel 2 and display is warmer, have you noticed this warmer tone on your pixel 2(not xl)?
Shawn Vega Velez (1 month ago)
Pixel 2
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Cee Dee (1 month ago)
I guess people like the pixel because of the screen size. They both have the same features its just a bigger screen size. But if they both have the same functions why is it a big deal. Save some money and get the small phone. Plus i am coming from an samsung galaxy core prime to this phone. Its a big diffrence for me hahah lol
Buddha k (1 month ago)
I like the little one.
Marquez1 Burney (1 month ago)
The pixel 2 is ugly but powerful
Marquez1 Burney (1 month ago)
The xl is better (in my opinion shut up)
Ayman Habannakeh (1 month ago)
The only difrent is the design google just want you to spent extra $200
Zafar Masroor (1 month ago)
Do they have LED notification light??
cerissa brown (28 days ago)
If you use a different text messaging app you can change notification colors. I use mood and it let's you customize it.
Demie Duken (1 month ago)
Zafar Masroor They do, but you have to turn it on in settings. It's not a multicolor one, though.
Sufyan Malik (1 month ago)
wow
AllAboutLifestyle (1 month ago)
I have an iPhone 6 and the upgrade is so overdue. But I got my Apple Watch series 2 last year and still loving it. I guess my choice is Apple Watch or Pixel 2... >"<
Marc Manalo (2 months ago)
where did he get that dark theme for the xl?
Daniel D'Oleo (1 month ago)
Marc Manalo The Launcher will adapt the theme if you use a really dark wallpaper to a dark one, Shame it's only automatic and not user adjustable.
John Pepp (2 months ago)
I went with the Pixel 2 after having used a iPhone 6+. While I liked the bigger size and longer battery life, I didn't like the bulkiness of the phone. I like a small phone that fits in the pocket. I saw that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had the same hardware specs other than screen size, so I went with the Pixel 2. I glad I did, for I noticed the XL is having some screen issues (which I'm sure Google will iron out, but it's still a hassle for people who already own the phone. So far I love this phone, for the camera is great, the Android OS is fast and Google doesn't put on bloatware that most other phone companies do. I personally think face recognition is not perfected yet and it should be funny seeing people looking into the iPhone X phones, but don't get me wrong iPhones are still good phones. It's just a personal choice of what kind of phone features that one is looking for.
Khair Miftahul (2 months ago)
0:44 what calendar widget that you use on that video ?
Hoggs Bosson (2 months ago)
I got the regular pixel 2, like the small form factor as it fits nicely in my pocket
prithvi raj (2 months ago)
Razer phone or pixel 2 xl
Gao Thanun (2 months ago)
Google why did you have to leave so big top and bottom bezel??? I could never understand why. It's even bigger than my Nexus 6P's...
lvlaple4Ever (2 months ago)
Neither. Don't waste your money on overpriced phones with no features and horrible quality control issues.
Assen Mantchev (2 months ago)
You like the display! You must be a colorblind. Stop pushing this sheet.
Gwrightproductions1 (2 months ago)
LG messes phones up. Don't be fooled though I like the saturation update. Get the pixel 2 or note 8
ray Crespin (2 months ago)
I'm having a problem with my Pixel XL 2, can you see if yours does this I haven't seen anyone report on this yet... When I Facebook and you come across a meme but it's a video one, when tapping on the picture it disappears!!! Can you confirm this please and if not do you have a possible fix to this??
rvinodmenon (2 months ago)
neither
· KING · (2 months ago)
Umm.. there's no such thing as a future proof design. Why is everyone still salivating over the bezeless crap? It's like if a phone has bezels, it's now considered a flaw or some shit smh...
11warum11 (2 months ago)
Yes, it's also a phone from 2012 - 2015 apparently, despite the fact that even the first bezeless phone was released late 2016 and all the others (which aren't even *that* many to begin with) all appeared in 2017. But hey, you can't fix stupid, so there's that...
Benjamin sides (2 months ago)
I'm rocking the regular so far love it 😁
J DF (2 months ago)
None
Jon Stern (2 months ago)
Isn't this obvious - depends on what screen size you want.
Justin Moyer (2 months ago)
Thanks for making this video. The 2 XL has gotten all of the attention so it's nice to see a comparison with the smaller option. AND it's good to see a reviewer consider the hand fit. Smaller phones fit human hands better... I'll take that over a larger 2:1 bezelless display.
Shiva -The Techno Geek (2 months ago)
I got a pixel 2 and I am happy with my decision
Hi there (2 months ago)
Neither..outdated crap
Hi there (2 months ago)
11warum11 😂😂😂😂😂 you’re a jobless junkie...Go stick your face between your mommy’s butt cheeks and sleep...i know what you’re gonna reply..”you’re the one who’s jobless 😭😭😭”
11warum11 (2 months ago)
Hi there Yeah, yeah, grow up kiddo.
Hi there (2 months ago)
11warum11 😂😂😂😂😂 yeah you talk like you got severe paraphilia...go find a doctor, you shitface
11warum11 (2 months ago)
Hi there Yep, you talk just like an adult... with severe tourettes...
11warum11 (2 months ago)
Hi there 'Mind blowing job' 'a clear uneducated dumbfuck' lmao kiddy xD
MermanIShouldTurn2Be (2 months ago)
I always wish that when comparisons like this are done people at least use the same wallpaper. Small nit, but it's picked. For me, I would prefer an HTC built phone over LG - I don't mind the bezels (have Pixel 1) - and I prefer a smaller form-factor, but that battery would likely convince to go for the XL alone.
Tony Kuligowski (2 months ago)
I really don't understand the point of these videos when it's always "it's always a matter of personal preference" at the end.
Luke Hero (2 months ago)
Waiting for the OnePlus 5T announcement on the 16th.
Luke Hero (2 months ago)
No water resistance is a bummer. I always use headphones with my phone so speakers don't matter for myself, at least they confirmed it has a headphone jack. Debating the 5T, Pixel 2XL or V30.
Django CS GO (2 months ago)
Luke Hero Yeah, but for sure it won't have water resistance or dual speakers - two very important features imo.
This Is Tech Guy (2 months ago)
Hit Thumbs up to how many are choosing Pixel 2 Xl
Nagesh Pattanshetty (2 months ago)
Choose the Moto G5S Plus. You'll save a lot of money and also be more than happy. Invest the money somewhere else useful.
Za Ro (2 months ago)
QUESTION! S8 Wi-Fi download speed test slower than iPhone5. Tried on 2 s8's and s8+. They're all dual SIM. I can't find people with the same problem online. I'm thinking it's because most people who do tests and post online are people from regions where they only have single SIM. Any thoughts can someone try with an s8 single sim vs s8 dual SIM? Thanks.
Hicham Gouchida (2 months ago)
Can you give it to me? Please . Pixel 2
branot89 (2 months ago)
Smaller one also has better speakers
Goran Petrovic (2 months ago)
Skipping both is the wisest. Note 8 isn't worth 940, iPhone X isn't worth 1000, V30 not for 830 and Pixels especially not worthed their price. We should stop manufacturers turning us into addictive 🐑. Too much commercials isn't healthy for most it seems.
Goran Petrovic (2 months ago)
Aditya Grand less and less every year, but still acceptable
Aditya Grand (2 months ago)
Goran Petrovic oneplus is affordable 😀
Jelly Beans (2 months ago)
Neither. No headphone jack, no consideration. Also overpriced.
Dalphaguy (2 months ago)
Even S8 has blue shift ,even More the Pixel 2 XL have a look:Pixel 2 XL - New Update Screen Comparison https://youtu.be/zTJZx1IO2To via @YouTube
Nick Makadia (2 months ago)
obviously XL
Geoff Fieldew (2 months ago)
I have the Pixel 2 and love it. I reckon I would be happy with either phone but the larger phone is $320 more expensive here and I'm not paying $1400 AUD for a phone. Not this year anyway. And the larger phone wasn't in stock so my choice was easy.
Kevin Kwok (2 months ago)
You can use the finger print scanner to bring down notifications you don't need to hold your phone in a special way just to reach the top
nationshi (2 months ago)
I suggest doing the update with your XL2. There’ll be a saturated color option, that’ll fix all your display concerns.
LeGoogle Chrome (2 months ago)
Frank Ocean- Chanel?
LeGoogle Chrome (2 months ago)
Neither bitches all about that Razer phone and LG V30
Stephen Gunnoe (2 months ago)
I'm just thankful that Google opted to spec the 2 the same as the XL. I love smaller devices and hated always sacrificing specs. Pixel series has solved that. Hope they keep it up.
Tony Techie (2 months ago)
Any one have problem with slow charging on 2 XL. Mine took 5hrs to charge.?!! https://twitter.com/TonylovesTech/status/928117652773629952 So many problem! Google plz
arun karthick (2 months ago)
Got the pixel 2, Happy!!!
arun karthick (2 months ago)
Yeah at random calls
Rainman (2 months ago)
When do you hear it? Only during calls?
arun karthick (2 months ago)
Actually the high frequency sound is still there
arun karthick (2 months ago)
Yeah,but i think it's fixed in the update
Rainman (2 months ago)
Do you have the clicking or high pitch sound?
David Coolwell (2 months ago)
Pixel 2: design fail Pixel 2 xl: hardware fail. Your choice. Choose wisely.
fightnight14 (18 days ago)
The bezels are not as bad as Xperia phones though. This is actually good only top and bottom
DriveCFL (1 month ago)
Just talk man. The device is fucking great. Best phone I've had and I've had all of the Nexus devices and still have two of those. I think the price deters lots of people. This is what it is now. You want to play you have to pay. Easy to point out Internet hype mentioned failures to try to deter spending the money. Again, best phone i've ever had. Android is the most refined it's ever been and should be. The hardware feels just right. No better Android experience. Period!!
Max Johnson (2 months ago)
Pixel 2 design is just find, not everyone give a shit about bezeless.
Mohit Arora (2 months ago)
or play the wait game
Michael Cena (2 months ago)
David Coolwell I have the pixel 2 xl and I still dont see the fail u and some channels are talking about. I have u played with one?
You were Wondering (2 months ago)
I wish they could trim down the bezels on the pixel 2 just a little dit more to make it look a bit for normal, I mean that bezels look unusually big. But other than that the smaller pixel 2 is a great package and you will forget about the bezels in like couple of days and it's display is also better than Xl one (though xl's 3d glass design kinda grew on me lately). i make tech content in my channel, if you could spare some time please give it a try. i would be really grateful if you could.
rcrd8 (2 months ago)
If only the Pixel 2 didn't have such a mediocre battery 😒
Dominic Ortega (2 months ago)
How did you get that calendar widget
j.blatch (2 months ago)
Dominic Ortega it's the month calendar widget. You can find it in the play store
Dillon Fosa (2 months ago)
Im just happy the smaller one has the same internals. Pixel 2 is just as beast and you can save some dollars.
Dbtk boy (2 months ago)
i want Google pixel clearly white but I don't have Verizon.
Mark Dice (2 months ago)
"Which should you buy?" >> Personal preference >> buy what you like. If I want this why did I watch the video?
Max-tremayne James (2 months ago)
Got the smaller pixel ..I love it .. no regrets
Insert Neutrality (14 days ago)
Max-tremayne James I have it too 😀
Darrin (1 month ago)
Khalid Summerfield you never notice bezels when you're using the phone. The battery is pretty legit, I am a semi-heavy user and I don't charge every day. And if you do need to charge, it's always done in about 45 minutes from >10%
Darrin (1 month ago)
Max-tremayne James same
Khalid l (1 month ago)
Max-tremayne James How is the battery? Does the bezels annoy you?
KL Tah (2 months ago)
Why are people even still making videos about the Pixel? They were dead and buried a long time ago. Stop paying people to push your trash Google
Heinrich Hoffmann (2 months ago)
I've choosed the pixel 2 and I'm so happy with it!!!!
Mr. PoopyButthole (2 months ago)
Heinrich Hoffmann the bezels are no dealbreaker for me but i like the design of v30, s8 and so on
Heinrich Hoffmann (2 months ago)
Mr. PoopyButthole give em a chance. After 1 day of usage i saw no besseles anymore. 😜
Mr. PoopyButthole (2 months ago)
Heinrich Hoffmann ok good to know i kinda understand the bezeless trend but i think they should release a one-hande usable device besides the s8 all other 18:9 devices are just too big in my opinion, not that i can not use them but i prefer onehanded use..
Heinrich Hoffmann (2 months ago)
Mr. PoopyButthole my last device was the iPhone 6s plus 5,5'. I love the smaller display of the pixel2. With Android 8.0 Oreo it's the perfect combo. And the display has issues 😜😜. Normally I'm a pure Apple user and I bought only iPhones since the 3G. The pixel2 is my first Android device ever. It could not be better. 😜😍😃
Mr. PoopyButthole (2 months ago)
Heinrich Hoffmann did u come from a bigger device and miss the bigger display or is it fine for social media and watching videos?
Canadian Sploot Doggo (2 months ago)
I got the smol pixel cause I save monies and it's easier to hold!
Mike (2 months ago)
Google really has these YouTube channels pushing their half baked products. Wow.
T- Smooth (2 months ago)
What about the display updates released yesterday? I have received it on my 🐼 2 XL, but still prefer the display option of boosted over saturated or natural.
Synergy Bob (2 months ago)
I had to pixel 2 XL for exactly two weeks and I returned it for the pixel 2. I could not be happier for my decision to do that! The screen is so much better and colors are much more vibrant.
Raimi Bonn (2 months ago)
Could anyone tell me how different the back of the Just Black and the Black & White feel?
KVN (2 months ago)
Xl of course
DegraTrip (2 months ago)
I love my Pixel 2. I really do wish I got the XL instead but absolutely not for almost $1000. I'd spent at most $800 for it after tax.
Isaiah Thomas (2 months ago)
The pixels are overpriced. The small one has gigantic ugly bezels and the xl has display problems. Just get an s8/note 8
fightnight14 (8 days ago)
I personally liked the bezeled look of the regular pixel 2
Ryan Vigil (8 days ago)
Isaiah Thomas I don't think the bezels are ugly on the Pixel 2. But everyone has their own preference. Google Support straight from the Pixel 2 settings and top tier support agents make the Pixel 2 a great choice.
cubbz5 (8 days ago)
Yeah coming from a Samsung user it’s slows down after awhile and the camera are horrible it makes you look like a catfish I’m going with the pixel 2 and skipping the s9 this year
fightnight14 (18 days ago)
right I forgot there's tax so mine was $370 still not bad compared to $920
Ryan Vigil (18 days ago)
fightnight14 Yes I went to Target and got a black Pixel 2. I love it, such a nice upgrade from my aging and slowed down Samsung S5. With the Target gift card and 2 year month discount from Verizon. The phone will cost me $162.
Steven Rogers (2 months ago)
Dude that wallpaper on the xl is awesome where did u get it from?
Erik Graul (2 months ago)
Pixel 2 XL, the "screen issues", are overblown. The blue tint is barely noticed day to day (only seen on a light background), and fuk over saturation!
Erik Graul (1 month ago)
Brother, I've had this phone for a month now. I do not even notice it anymore.
The Slayer (1 month ago)
Yeah but web pages and Google now are white. Do you really not notice it? Its the one thing holding me back, the display models in the store irritated me.
Matt (2 months ago)
Soon Google is rolling out an update for all those issues
Erik Graul (2 months ago)
LeGoogle Chrome no doubt, won't argue with you about that. But I can live with it. It really doesn't take away from the user experience. No burn-in's either on my device. But even if the burn-ins appear. Probably won't notice it. I didn't with the original Pixel XL. Didn't even know, until someone said the original Pixel XL had burn-in's.
LeGoogle Chrome (2 months ago)
True but for that price and with LGs experience with displays I personally expect near perfection
Fidel Castro (2 months ago)
The one without the weak screen
Sebastian J (2 months ago)
That's Rather Quite Easy...The Pixel 2 XL For That Massive 6 Inch Display...
Sebastian J (2 months ago)
8 More Bloody Idiot Morons Disliked And Counting...
XXXXYYYXXXX (2 months ago)
oh look a tech comparison that says "get the one you prefer"
Poshfully (25 days ago)
That’s the point, though. He told us his preference, but the point of the video is to help possible consumers decide which one they want.
exiledfrommyself (2 months ago)
Why not both?
Henri Tero (2 months ago)
XL. Don't need to watch the video to answer that one.
Yaw (2 months ago)
How is the update on the Pixel treating the screen?
Justin Reid (2 months ago)
True story
A. M. (2 months ago)
Good review. How is battery life on the Pixel 2?
Rainman (2 months ago)
Pixel 2 owners on reddit are satisfied with the battery life.
MrrQuackers (2 months ago)
What game is at 1:53? Thank you in advance!
Kilian Frenzen (2 months ago)
MrrQuackers You're welcome. When it comes to mobile games by the way, I think monument valley 2 launched yesterday. That's the sequel to the game they used to showcase the Nexus 6. It's really really good, but it does cost a few bucks. Just a random recommendation.
MrrQuackers (2 months ago)
Thank you so much!
Kilian Frenzen (2 months ago)
MrrQuackers Polyforge I heard someone say.
Mr. Monroe (2 months ago)
You should buy neither they don't have wireless charging they don't have headphone jack and they don't have dual cameras which every other smart phone of 2017 the has SMH
Mr. Monroe (2 months ago)
Kevin M. It doesn't have as many functions or features as the competition it's kind of the downgrade of 2017 I would recommend you get any other 2017 Flagship than this
Kevin M. (2 months ago)
# 0ne doesn't have dual cameras yet it's the best camera of the year, more people are caring less about the headphone jack such as myself, Wireless charging would have been nice yet it still needs more advancement.
Villiam Hansen (2 months ago)
With all the errors, none of them! Maybe when the final edition comes out.
Marcus Nailor (2 months ago)
Pre-roll add set off my Google now!!! 😪
Cakefish (2 months ago)
I have the little Pixel 2 🙂
fightnight14 (15 days ago)
Apurv Patani Pixel 2 = Good Pixel 2 XL = Great I use the XL and the battery lasts the whole day with decent to heavy usage. I have bluetooth devices connected and location turned on all the time, brightness at auto. I'm happy
Luc Jackson-French (15 days ago)
Battery life on the pixel 2 is great, haven't had any issues, although I'm sure it's longer on the XL
Apurv Patani (18 days ago)
How's the battery life?
fightnight14 (18 days ago)
I got the XL but I wouldn’t mind using the 5” version since its easier for one hand use. The bezels are not disturbing at all
John Capiral (2 months ago)
Random question, how's your battery life?
Lucrezio Borgia (2 months ago)
ALL THAT HYPE FOR NOTHING WORTHY? TALK ABOUT A LIMP DICK
Lucrezio Borgia (2 months ago)
Where is the iPhone X?
GG F (2 months ago)
Pixel 2 64G is just out of stock! Seriously?
fightnight14 (18 days ago)
Did anyone one avail last week’s promo from Target (Verizon)? $300 off all Pixel 2 + $250 Target gift card. I got a panda pixel 2 XL
OddOneOut665 (2 months ago)
There's a big up to 50% off deal that Verizon's having (but the trade-in only works if you have a smartphone as old as 2 years), which might explain why the demand for it is high now. It sucks too, because I really want the Pixel 2 Kinda Blue model.... :(
Jamaican Me Crazy (2 months ago)
Bezels
Nick Kalu (2 months ago)
Jamaican Me Crazy so
Charlie Lainez (2 months ago)
Pixel 2 XL.
Coldfeverx3 (2 months ago)
I'm thinking about buying the Google Pixel 2 rather than the Google Pixel 2 XL. But can someone answer me this question? *The Google Pixel 2 has AMOLED screen and the Google Pixel 2 XL has pOLED screen. What is the difference between the two?*
Tim Pereira (2 months ago)
Apparently Samsung coined the term AMOLED so anytime you come across a phone with AMOLED, it was made by Samsung
Coldfeverx3 (2 months ago)
Oh really? I did not know that.
Joseph Harvey (2 months ago)
Coldfeverx3 These are simply just marketing terms. The smaller Pixel 2's display is made by Samsung, so it's much higher quality than that on the Pixel 2 XL, which is made by LG.

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